Industries and consumers would benefit if the Surface Transportation Board allowed for reciprocal switching in rail shipping, writes Herman Haksteen, president of the Private Railcar Food and Beverage Association. "We need a railroad system that is based on a competitive market, where two or more rail companies can compete for the shipper's business and the consumer yields the benefits of lower costs at the grocery store," he writes.
The Environmental Protection Agency has released the draft New Chemicals Decision-Making Framework and corresponding guidance detailing its approach to new chemicals. The framework will use a two-step process that uses benchmarks for risk and begins with considering data submitted by the manufacturer.
President Donald Trump should fill vacancies at the Surface Transportation Board so that policies such as reciprocal switching can be advanced, writes Philip Bell, president of the Steel Manufacturers Association, which is a member of the Rail Customer Coalition.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is scheduled to testify before a House of Representatives subcommittee on Dec. 7 and before a Senate panel on Jan. 31.
Royal Dutch Shell's ethane cracker under development in Beaver County, Pa., won't harm human health and will adhere to strict environmental regulations, the company said. The facility will employ 600 workers after it is built.
A stable economy and increasing GDP are driving slow and steady growth in the industrial and institutional cleaning product sector, according to Kline's Laura Mahecha. Mahecha said the segment has a slower innovation cycle, but consumers continue to demand effective products that are also safe and affordable.
Falling shipping costs, reduced energy consumption and other benefits are encouraging flexible packaging innovations and leading to more durable options, said Dow Chemical's Francisco Paz. Meanwhile, companies like TerraCycle have been finding new uses for "non-recyclable" packaging.
Scientists in China are working to develop liquid-repellent surfaces that could be used in clothes, reducing the need to do laundry. The surfaces can repel at least 10 types of liquids, including water, oils, surfactant solutions and organic solvents.
The American Cleaning Institute's member companies are increasingly embracing sustainability, but bringing about broad change requires "bold collective actions that can drive momentum toward sustainable development," said ACI President and CEO Melissa Hockstad. Many companies are already taking action, such as Method, which has developed a new pouch for its dishwasher detergent made from 20% post-consumer recycled resin.
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